Salvage

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo, or other property from peril. Salvage encompasses rescue towing, putting out fires, patching or repairing a ship, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, moving a disabled vessel in order to clear navigation channels, and raising sunken ships or their cargo. Equipment involved in salvage operations may include cranes, floating dry docks, and support vessels (such as tugboats). Commercial divers may be called upon to perform underwater tasks and monitor progress below the surface.

Protecting the marine environment from pollution from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often an important part of salvage activities. Usually the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for its resale value, or for scrap. The vast majority of salvage operations are contracted to qualified seamen and engineers working as professional salvors. Usually, contracted agents expect no financial reward unless the salvage operation is at least partially successful.

If salvage is not performed under a contract, then the rescuer must act voluntarily and aside from any legal duty to act, other than the acknowledged duty to render assistance to those in peril at sea or to attend after a collision. If the owner or the owner’s agent is still on the ship, they can refuse offers of assistance. A vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned without hope or intention of recovery is considered derelict and is fair game for anyone who comes across it. It is not true, however, that the rescuer or salvor automatically becomes the owner of the property. The owner always has the option to reclaim his property by paying an appropriate reward.

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Senior Chief Mineman Abraham Garcia (left) and Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Joshua Gaskill, members of the Knifefish Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) test team, man tending lines during crane operations as part of an operational test conducted by members from Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR). Knifefish is a medium-class mine countermeasure UUV designed for deployment off the Littoral Combat Ship. OPTEVFOR is the Navy’s sole test and evaluation organization for surface, air, and un

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(Photo: St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command)

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(Photo: St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command)

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(Photo: Resolve Marine)

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(Photo: St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command)

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(Photo: St. Simons Sound Incident Response Unified Command)

Golden Ray Salvors Begin Cutting Operations

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The twin-hull heavy lift vessel VB 10,000 at the Port of Fernandina, Fla. in July for modifications and function checks. The two 255-foot tall gantries will use lengths of chain to cut the capsized vessel Golden Ray into eight pieces and lift them onto barges for eventual transportation to Louisiana for recycling. (Photo: John D. Miller / U.S. Coast Guard)

Heavy Lift Vessel Heads to St. Simons Sound for Golden Ray Salvage

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File photo: Golden Ray sits grounded in St. Simons Sound, Ga. in February 2020. The vessel will be cut into eight large sections, removed and recycled. (Photo: Brian McCrum / U.S. Coast Guard)

Golden Ray Salvage Facing More Delays

Operations to remove the overturned car carrier Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Ga.

(Photo: Sri Lanka Navy)

Sri Lanka Seeks at Least $1.9 Million from Owner of Fire-hit Tanker

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Credit: Sri Lanka Navy

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